Over the long weekend, I got involved in some “BNR”s on Etsy. For those who don’t know the wonder of BNRs, here’s a little tutorial:
A ‘curator’ selects a BNR ‘Treasury’ which is a collection of images (listings) from different sellers on Etsy. The listed sellers are then notified that they are part of a BNR and these sellers should then spread the word in various forums, blogs, on their Facebook page, etc. BNR stands for “Buy and Replace” which means different sellers can purchase items from those listed in the treasury in order to take that previous seller’s spot. The idea is hopefully someone will want your item and will want to buy out your spot!
I’m not totally sold on how viable a business model this is, but the exposure it creates and the networks it builds are invaluable. In a BNR you end up watching a little obsessively, hoping your item will sell so you can buy another. 😉 So you end up ‘chatting’ with the other people in the BNR for quite some time. I made a few internet-friends this weekend!
The other plus is that it enables my spending bug which, if all works out accordingly to plan, will break even if others replace my listing in the BNR.
I ended up purchasing a couple items, one from East of the Sun (Anna Simmons) and one from Winter Solstice Dreams. One ended up in my car to freshen out all the bad smells (where do they come from, anyways?) and the other was gifted as coloring books for my super awesome niece! While I was puttering around on Etsy, I found some other wish list items. P.S. Hands off my WSDreams lavender eye pillow for future purchase!